History of AUMS

This page is designed to include some of the history associated to this great society. If you were previously involved in AUMS or AUMaSS, and have some information, we'd love you to Contact Us.

In 2008, the club name was changed from the Adelaide University Mathematics Students Society (AUMaSS) to the Adelaide University Mathematics Society (AUMS), to reflect the involvement of staff and other members of the community with the club.

In Semester 2 of 2010, we ran our first Meet and Greet. In 2011, we started running Student Talks and we restarted the annual Quiz Night, and in 2012 we ran our first Movie Night.


In August 2011, we started this website using a free CSS template from here. Michael Albanese was the original webmaster, with help from Senior Lecturer Matt Finn. Jessica Tan, Michael Lydeamore, Kelli Staite and Kale Davies completed the site in February 2012.

In 2013, there was an idea to revamp the layout of the website. We started running Google Analytics to get an idea of what devices/browers people were accessing the site from. We found that most of our visitors were actually visiting via phones/tablets, and the then current website's sidebar/content panel layout fit the resolution of these devices well. Then General Committee member Sarah Belet, along with the suggestions of the rest of the committee at the time, developed the current website from scratch (along with the obvious tips from w3schools) and rolled out the changes in early 2014.

The Logo

Talk of a new logo began in 2008, when the club changed its name from "The Adelaide University Mathematics Students Society" (AUMaSS) to "The Adelaide University Mathematics Society" (AUMS). The old logo was voted out and two temporary logos were created, the shield in 2009 and the square root in 2010.

In late 2010, discussion began for a permanent logo, from which a banner could also be designed. Kelli Staite sketched the first drafts for the logo over the 2010-11 summer, and the 2011 AUMS committee approved the drafts in February 2011.

The banner and logo were professionally designed during mid 2011.

The logo incorporates many symbols and mathematical objects. While pi is a representative of the ratio between the diameter of a circle and its circumference, it is also used as a symbol to represent probabilities, projection maps and other mathematical constructions. The pi-hat resembles the A of the AUMS.

Various mathematical symbols you may use every day are found in the U. Included are simple addition, multiplication, subtraction and division signs, along with trigonomic and Greek letters commonly used.

The M is filled with topics in mathematics. Some you may have studied, others you may never heard of. Which ones do you know?

Finally, the S is a rope tied with a half-hitch knot, the knot commonly used to tie shoe laces. This knot is the basis of a large variety of knots with various applications in areas such as sailing and fishing. Knots have been studied mathematically since Gauss defined a linking integral in the 19th century. They are an important branch of topology, and have applications to fluid dynamics. If the ends of the S were joined, this knot would be called a trefoil knot, the simplest non-trivial mathematical knot. Follow this link to learn more.

The Banner

The background is a crossword of names of famous mathematicians, which have made significant advances in their field. In true mathematical spirit, it is written on a torus, meaning the texts wraps around from top to bottom, and the same for the two sides. If the edges are joined in this way, a donut shape is formed, called a torus in mathematical contexts.

Michael Albanese, then president, created the intricate crossword used as a background for the banner of the club and for this website.

List of Past Presidents

2015: Sarah Belet

2014: Sarah Belet

2013: Michael Lydeamore and Kelli Staite

2012: Kale Davies

2011: Michael Albanese

2010: Michael Albanese

2009: Konrad Pilch

2008: Konrad Pilch

2007: Ross Atkins

2006: Samuel Cohen

2005: Samuel Cohen

2004: ?

2003: ?

2002: ?

2001: Katherine Box

2000: James Parrott

1999: David McInerney

1998: Andrew Parrott/David McInerney

1997: Andrew Neuman

Please contact us if you can help us fill in the blanks!

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